SPQR

Asleep in Trastevere

I always reckoned that if you were going to be a bum, there are worse places to choose than Rome.

I took this photo in Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere. The coat of arms of the city of Rome forms part of the fountain sculpture. The letters SPQR stand for Senatus Populusque Romanus (the Senate and the people of Rome) and were emblazoned on the standards of the Roman armies two thousand years ago. They can still be found throughout Rome, from city council buildings to manhole covers.

I always preferred Obelix’s version of the meaning: Sono pazzi questi Romani (These Romans are crazy!).

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